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There are many reasons
They can be jealous of a newcomer to their home. You can spoil them so they think that they are entitled to be possessive and can do what they like.
Using some very simple rules you can help them to be less possessive. Firstly, ensure that the problem isn't caused by discomfort or pain, ask your vet if you need to.
To overcome this behaviour you need to use brains rather than brawn to achieve good and permanent results. To begin with, remove all treats, toys and privileges that they get, from now on they must earn everything they want.
You must start by teaching them to sit, as a way of saying please for everything they want. You must never give into them when they demand things. You still give them the things they want but only where and when you decide to.
Plenty of play & stimulation
If at any time they get cross or aggressive then you must stop the activity immediately and ignore them for at least 5 minutes to show your that you don't want that behaviour.
The immovable object
Start by offering a distraction or treat. Opening a biscuit tin or showing them a favourite toy should work. If they won't come leave them totally on their own. After 5 minutes, try again. Eventually, they will learn that when they respond, they get a treat otherwise they get totally ignored.
Fair exchange is no robbery
Please don't be tempted to force or shout at them, you will only make them more determined to defend their position. Instead you must convey to them that they are losing out by not moving, and that you really couldn't care less either way.
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